Shirley Ann Jackson loved math and science as a young girl and stuck with it. She was inspired by nature and often observed the behaviors of bees from her backyard. Not letting discouraging words from her professors phase her, Jackson pursued physics and became the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate degree from MIT in 1973. Impressed? That's just the beginning.
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Shirley Ann Jackson, 2014 National Medal Of Science Recipient
She preferred physics because it combined the mathematical approach with natural observation and experiments.
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